Happy Inside Project
The “Happy Inside” project, by Made in Tarifa, is a dream come true carried out by the businesswoman Virginia Toledo, a woman based in Tarifa who has been helping the "Untouchables children", the most disadvantaged and marginalized of India.
Virginia, founder of Made in Tarifa, has in recent years managed to provide resources to schools in very precarious conditions. But it has taken another step creating the “Happy Inside School”, located in the north of India, one of the areas most affected by poverty, according to the foundation.
Today in India, more than 17 million children live in the deep misery of shanty towns and mafia groups that manipulate and mistreat them. Children starving to death living at traffic lights, begging for their owners, gangsters, not to hit, rape, drug or kill them with the unhealthy conditions to which they are subjected .... children between 6 and 2 years old.
He created the Made in Tarifa Association in 2014 and registered it with the CIF G72319841 in Spain.
Depending on the living conditions, and the abuse they may be subjected to, untouchable children may not get up alive the next morning if they remain on the streets.
The essence and culmination of this project is to share with these children that, no matter what family or caste they come from or what has happened to them in their lives, there can be people to help any single child in the world who has lived something so horrifying stay alone in this world under those circunstancies.
We are going to help them understand and really BELIEVE that despite anything that has happened to them there are people in the world who can and want to help this children.
And here comes the HAPPY INSIDE SOLIDARITY TRAVEL program and the opportunity that Shemesh offers with the support of Virginia to teach you India in its depths, to be able to live an experience like the one she had in her day, teach you magical places and places where If you wanted, you could collaborate on a personal level, making a difference in your life, traveling to grow personally, transform and do something meaningful.
“Thanks to this initiative I have found a meaning in my work, in my life and in the way of thinking about human relationships. I set out to live from a much more pure and true place. Granting this meaning to my work but, above all, my life is priceless and has brought me my best reward, my best gift. A precious purpose to help these people and look for people who do too, to whom I can teach India from my heart and give them the opportunity to visit several centers to decide whether or not to help in a future.
The new Happy Inside school will teach you to believe in changes, in dreams, the respect of love for the other and will teach you to take everything that has happened to you as a gift.
These children have already the strength and courage to face their lives in a way that many of us can not ever could imagine.
As Virginia tells us, building the school was not an easy task. In India things work at a very precarious level. She had to learn to turn slowness and discouragement into strength and courage to continue the work of keeping that peaceful struggle against the lack of resources and extreme poverty she was undertaking in a city on the other side of the world.
It was a endless work that was completed on March 23rD, 2017
According to the Made in Tarifa team, that day when the doors of the new Happy Inside school opened, they were able to discover the true secret of happiness.
“You are only truly happy when you seek the happiness of others and also, it is achieved. There are no words that can express the feeling of joy that I was supposed to see those children so happy”, adds Virginia.
There are currently 116 children in the school where they are taught cleanliness and personal hygiene awareness, learn to read, write and grow with dignity as any child deserves. In the solidarity trips that Virginia leads in a personal way, in addition to the school, other centers where help and support are worthy of admiration are visited.
The Made in Tarifa Association has enabled a solidarity account to raise the funds that will be used to develop this project.
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Virginia Toledo Founder
Virginia Toledo has a degree in Communication, fashion designer and founder of the Made in Tarifa brand. She arrived alone in India from Tarifa to seek a greater meaning in her life.
What she did in India made a difference
When she returned from the trip she was the same person but she was clear that with little she could achieve much for others, so she took another step and reconverted her traveling adventure in a way to make everyone in need happy, both with the collaboration in the Happy Inside school as in the solidarity trips that includes this adventure and its agency in India.
Mariana Baisotti Organization & Photographer
Mariana is passionate about traveling and photography. She is a person with years of experience in different creative areas and she is in charge of creating our visual content for the Foundation and the trips around India.
She is also a Virginia assistant and a person who travels with her since the beginning, she loves to explore new cultures, share with people and spread her charism with the travellers. They may try to involve in the documental magical videos she make
Mariana does not stop getting excited on every trip she makes, since she joined the Foundation her life changed forever. According to her, it is a great life lesson and she discovered constant gratitude.
Shemesh Goyal Asistent
Shemesh, known as Surya, is Virginia's right hand since the beginning of her adventures in India in 2008. Thanks to him and her effective way of working, the Made in Tarifa Foundation has a local backing that was key not only for build the school but to organize solidarity trips.
No problem resists at the hands of Shemesh. With an enormous heart and infinite patience he has been the interpreter of Virginia in the construction of the Happy Inside School and a fundamental pillar so that now the solidarity travelers can begin their journey in the best hands. His wife works at the School and together they try to improve the lives of Happy Inside children and offer the traveler a comfortable and unforgettable experience.
Her agency is the one that organizes the solidarity trips that Virginia has created to make this great adventure her new job.
Pawan is our angel in India. He takes care of us all as if we were a big family. He count ourselves when we leave the restaurants, he takes care of our bags, advises us when we need him.
The transport security is maximum and it has all the necessary facilities to enjoy an unforgettable trip. Reclining leather seats, water available at any time, air conditioning and much love. To avoid public transport in India is priceless.
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